With Gallery Weekend Berlin throwing open overwhelming 50 doors on 50 exhibitions this weekend you could find yourself adrift in a sea of choices. Keep your eyes and ears peeled and pricked up for Swiss kinetic sculptor Zimoun’s new set of installations taking over the Opernwerkstätten. Taking simple everyday objects (think cardboard boxes and cork balls) and fitting them with a shed load of dc-motors, Zimoun takes the simple and turns it into monumental sound sculptures. Check it.
Zimoun | Opernwerkstätten | Zinnowitzer Straße 9 | 26 April - 24 May
We all know that Berlin is a veritable wonderland for electronic music devotees. But if your interest reaches beyond the occasional 24-hour club rampage, and instead is more about making solid quality music, it’s CDR that should be stamping your arm. An event held every two months in the old indoor pool of Prince Charles—it’s a music platform for sharing your ideas, and works in progress. Even better, it takes the structure of workshops led by gods of the genre—former events have held the likes of Modeselektor and Peaches. This time taking the reigns is the Mancunian acid house pioneer, A Guy Called Gerald, and Thomas Fehlmann, member of seminal electronic collective The Orb.
You play your track, and then the feedback comes flying in. Pretty good opportunity, some might say.
CDR | Prince Charles | Prinzenstraße 85 F | 20:00 | Thursday 4th April 2013
Mercedes-Benz’s #untamed campaign is underway and the insta-frenzy is well and truly on, with submissions pouring in by the hour. There’s an abundance of awesome stuff – dazzling cityscapes, surrealist head-benders and more than a few photos to which you can’t help but elicit the words ‘how the hell did that happen!?’ And it shouldn’t really come as a surprise—the CLA car being supported by this campaign is, in Mercedes’ words, “an enemy of the average”.
As readers of Unlike—the sworn enemy to the average city guide—there’s no one better to put the uncut, untamed and unadulterated digital cherry on top of this insta-cupcake. No one. So run forth brothers and sisters, get involved, go nuts, and don’t forget to take a photo.
All you have to do is upload three of your best to the official site, get your personal #untamed rating, then cross your fingers for an invite to the final Paris photo installation. And keep an eye out this week for Unlike’s contributions coming soon to an Instagram feed near you…
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The Berlin Film Society is turning one and coinciding with the Berlinale, it’s celebrating in typically grandiose style with a screening of 1982 Golden Bear recipient Veronika Voss, the penultimate film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. But this is far more than your usual cineplex jaunt, instead get ready for an all-encompassing cinematic experience. In perfect unison with the faded grandeur of the film’s star—a Third Reich-era movie starlet struck by post-war obscurity—is the setting of the screening itself: a giant abandoned theater and opera prop factory in Mitte. That’s not it either—-there’s an open Jameson Whiskey bar and food from pop-up cuisine merchants Pret A Diner to chow down on after the screening. Buy your tickets online here, and if you fancy the dinner option, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Berlin Film Society | Zinnowitzer Straße | 10115 Berlin | Weds 13th & Thurs 14th February 2013
News that a 10 year old has curated his own Berlin exhibition was bound to provoke a few snide remarks. But before we consign this young upstart to the art-history dumpster, let’s take a look at his credentials. His daddy is the artist Robert Barta and together they have visited over 400 exhibitions. While that doesn’t prove much, the idea of seeing the art world anew through the eyes of an infant is an intriguing prospect. Children perceive the world differently so you can expect a bolder, more sensory selection than the usual concept-heavy gallery fare. And if further proof were needed, the boy is rather appropriately named: Cata J. Dibelius. It’s now on show for the next month.
Daddy YOU can’t make a cactus…this has been done ! | 18th January - 17th February | Grimmuseum
A four day marathon of collage film takes place at the renowned Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona as part of its Xcèntric Festival this week. There’s new talent, old talent and a whole host of audiovisual cut and paste wonder on show, kicking off tonight with a screening of Vera Chytilová’s Daisies, an absurd comedy at the centre of the 1960’s New Wave of Czech cinema. Add in a host of workshops and CCCB’s latest event looks like quite the cultural smorgasbord.
Festival “Collage exquisit” | 10-13th January 2013 | CCCB - Auditorium, Montealegre, 5, Barcelona
More a phenomenon than simply an event, the bi-monthly party CONCRETE has reshaped the Parisian electronic music landscape, forming a space of confluence that goes against the city’s reputation of catering to only fragmented, insular musical scenes. Tomorrow on January 6th, 2013 will be reined in with a line-up featuring Rick Wilhite, Tama Sumo, Fred P and Professor Inc who will collectively weave a thread through the cities of Detroit, New York, Berlin, Paris and Hamburg on the banks of the Seine. The 20 hour party begins at 7 in the morning on Sunday and, in classic Berlin style, will continue until Monday at 1AM.
Check out more info on the event here, and view the full line-up on CONCRETE’s website. And, as an apt teaser, check out Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium doing his thing at CONCRETE’s party this past February:
NEW THEME Gallery did a pretty unique thing this year when they set up their space on Melrose as an extension of their eco-conscious mindset (as well as to promote their custom-crafted furniture). Now they end the year on a high note, as they celebrate their artisan wares with wine, music and a special 20% discount for all of those who attend. On Sunday, December 16, from 4 to 8PM, stop by NEW THEME on 8178 Melrose Ave. to take your pick of some of the most uncommon, custom wares this side of the 101. From TASCHEN books to ingeniously-designed knife holders or even installation art, it’s a full-on presentation of all the inspiration you’ll need for your gift-giving mindset.
Check out more information here.